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Football: Messi lifts Barcelona back to the top of La Liga

Published on Feb 10, 2014 6:14 AM
 
Barcelona's midfielder Cesc Fabregas (centre) celebrates with Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (left) and midfielder Andres Iniesta after scoring during the Spanish league football match Sevilla vs FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on Feb 9, 2014. Messi netted a superb double as Barcelona came from a goal down to secure a 4-1 win at rain-lashed Sevilla on Sunday that lifted the champions back to the top of La Liga. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi netted a superb double as Barcelona came from a goal down to secure a 4-1 win at rain-lashed Sevilla on Sunday that lifted the champions back to the top of La Liga.

Barca's defeat at home to Valencia last weekend meant they surrendered the lead for the first time since the beginning of last season and allowed Atletico Madrid to climb above them into first place.

Atletico crashed to a shock 2-0 reverse at promoted Almeria on Saturday and Real Madrid, 4-2 winners at home to Villarreal, were the overnight leaders.

Barca's victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville means the top three all have 57 points with 15 matches left, with Barca leading Real on goal difference and Atletico in third.

 
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